CROSS AND CROWN
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
(Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
Pastor Eric S. Hartzell
Sunday Worship, 10:15 AM; Bible Study & Sunday School, 9:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Class, 7:30 PM; Thursday Bible Class, 10:00 AM
Organists: Delora Hartzell and David Widiger
Reformation Sunday — November 1, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Morning Praise (Matins)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)
382 201 199 617 (verse 1)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 84)
THERE IS A CITY OF GOD
I. THERE IS AN ENEMY
II. THERE IS A FORTRESS
III. THERE IS A RIVER
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
PASTOR: (512) 635-1910 CHURCH: (512) 869-7729
PARSONAGE: (512) 868-0347 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
WELCOME TO ALL
All of us at CROSS AND CROWN LUTHERAN CHURCH invite you to worship with us regularly.
It is our prayer that you will be strengthened in your understanding of God's saving
love in Jesus. If you would like to know more about our church and beliefs, please
contact Pastor Hartzell at (512) 869-PRAY (7729).
If there is any way that we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call
on us. We offer:
- A Sunday school for children
- Sunday and two weekly Bible studies
- A Vacation Bible School
- An Adult Vacation Bible School (one week a year)
- Confirmation classes for adults and children
- A no-obligation course on the basics of the Christian faith, at your convenience
- Regular meetings for fellowship within our membership
If you do not have a church home, please consider learning more about our family
of believers that we call Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.
O LITTLE FLOCK, FEAR NOT THE FOE
Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer;
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare,
Fight for us once again!
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to Thy praise,
World without end. Amen.
(Johann Altenburg, Verzage nicht, du Häuflein klein. ca. 1632)
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for
today is from Jeremiah 18:1-11. Listen closely to what the prophet is saying because
his words hold true for the United States today. The words are a call to repentance.
It is for the nation…for all the people. Wonderful and safe things happen when
there is repentance and when people turn again to their Lord and God. Terrible and
dangerous things happen when the call to repentance is not heeded. The Epistle Reading
for today is from Revelation 14:6,7. This is the message of the first of three angels.
This is a message that God’s Word be proclaimed in all the world…"to every nation,
tribe, language and people." This is still in effect too. This is the commandment
we live under today too. When we help other churches in our fellowship to spread
God’s Word we are obeying God’s words here in Revelation. When we tell of him and
his Word in whatever way we do it, we are obeying this commandment. The Gospel for
today is Mark 13:5-11. This is a companion reading to the Words from Revelation
14. This lesson too speaks about getting the Word to the nations of the world. It
speaks of the turmoil that exists in the world that Psalm 46 also speaks about. It
reminds us too that our God reigns and reigns supreme. He is our Mighty Fortress!
REFORMATION SERVICE TODAY
AT HOLY WORD — 4:00 PM
Don’t forget the Reformation Service this afternoon at 4:00. It will be at Holy
Word in Austin. Pastor Karl Gurgel, the former president of our Synod and now pastoral
assistant at Holy Word, will be preaching the sermon. There will be a short presentation
about the Apache Mission work in Peridot as a further preparation for the mission
trip that is going to take place the third week in January. You would have a chance
to participate in the support of that mission trip at the service this afternoon.
I M P O R T A N T N O T I C E
Because of a break in our water line, the church was charged over $2,150 for September's
water. In order to try and rectify this big bill, the water company has asked us
to monitor the usage of our water here at church for five days running. We are asking
that from Monday through Friday (November 2 – 6) no one use any water at the church.
That means no restroom use, or kitchen use, or outside water use. Every morning
on those five days the meter will be read and recorded to make sure that our system
is not leaking water. No water all week, please.
SAN ANGELO TRIP NEXT SUNDAY — Pastor Hartzell will be going to San Angelo this coming
Sunday afternoon to meet with the faithful group there.
PRAYER LIST READY — Please remember your prayer list this morning. Thank you.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening. We are
going to be studying the little book of Jude from now until Advent services begin.
In many ways this is a very good book to study after our commemoration of the Reformation.
It speaks about the struggle going on between good and evil, God and the forces
of evil. It is a victorious and positive book. We believe this little book was
written by Jesus’ brother Jude. Our study begins at 7:30.
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY — There will be Bible study on Thursday morning at 10:00. We
are studying the book of Daniel. This Thursday we will study chapter 6 which is
the account of Daniel in the lions’ den. What a great story it is! How good of
our God to record this story and keep it all these years for us who live as a minority
in a skeptical and antagonistic age.
WHEN WE ARE FORGIVEN
Verily I [Jesus] say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in
heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew
When you are absolved from your sins, indeed when amid your awareness of sin some
devout Christian—man or woman, young or old—comforts you, then receive this absolution
in such faith that you would readily let yourself be torn apart or killed over and
over again, or readily renounce everything else, rather than doubt that you have
been truly absolved before God. Since by God's grace it is commanded of us to believe
and to hope that our sins are forgiven us, how much more then ought you to believe
it when God gives you a sign of it through another person! . . . Consider, therefore,
what a gracious God and Father we have. He not only promises us forgiveness of sins,
but also commands us . . . to believe that they are forgiven.
(Dr. Martin Luther, October 1519)
KEEP US STEADFAST IN THY WORD
Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word;
Curb those who fain by craft and sword
Would wrest the Kingdom from Thy Son
And set at naught all He hath done.
Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Defend Thy Christendom that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.
O Comforter of priceless worth.
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.
(Martin Luther, 1541)